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Alena Rhindress practices her reading skills for a chance to win prizes in the final days of the Summer Reading Club at the Four Father’s Memorial Library.
AMHERST – Cake and reading don’t usually go together, but they did at the Four Father’s Memorial Library on Thursday.
It was the end of the Summer Reading Club for kids from pre-school to grade 6, and it was a day to celebrate what the little readers had accomplished, said librarian Chantelle Taylor.
“We’ve had at least a thousand hours read altogether. They’ve been reading all summer and this is the big finale.”
Prizes were handed out to this year’s best readers, Taylor said.
“They enter ballots for every hour that they read throughout the summer, and that’s how we draw for the prizes. We have towels donated by the Rotary Club and book bags from the Adopt a Library literacy program.”
Tate Blackman and Luke Allen were the winners of two bags of books, while Kohl Smith, Makayla Moses, Samantha Bransfield, Nick Degenstein and Abbie Byrnes won towels.
Byrnes came to the library with her sister Aoife and their grandmother.
“I really liked the reading because it was so fun. My favorite books were about princesses.”
Abbie’s grandmother said she’s glad to see her grand-daughter taking part in the club.
“It motivated her to keep reading all summer long, and that’s good to see.”
Taylor said the program is important because it helps keep the kids ready to learn.
“Studies show that with the help of summer reading clubs kids retain more information from school year to school year, so they’re not re-learning everything from scratch. But it’s also important that they have fun too.”